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STATE INCENTIVE GRANTS FOR PRESCHOOL
SERVICES TO HANDICAPPED CHILDREN    (CFDA No. 84.027)

I.    PROGRAM PROFILE

Legislation:    Education    of   the   Handicapped   Act,    Part    B,    Section   619,
P.L. 91-230    as    amended,    (20   U.S.C.   1419).      (permanent   authorization.)

Funding Since 1980:
Fiscal Year

1980
1981
1982
1983
1984

Authorization

$25,000,000
25,000,000
II

Appropriation

$25,000,000
25,000,000
24,000,000
25,000,000
26,330,000

Purpose: To encourage State and local education agencies to expand educa-
tional services to handicapped preschool children, from birth through age
five.

Eligibility: State education agencies in the 50 states, District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam,
Virgin Islands, and Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands must establish
their eligibility to participate in the program. To establish eligibility,
States must:

o      Have in    effect a policy that    assures all  handicapped    children a free
appropriate public education.

o     Have on file in the   Department of Education an    approved State plan to
provide such services.

o     Already be providing services to preschool handicapped children.

Distribution of Funds: Grants to States are determined by an annual count
of handicapped children ages three through five who are receiving special
education and related services. State education agencies may use funds
received under this program to provide direct services or they may contract
with local education agencies, intermediate units, or other agencies to
provide such services.

II.    RESPONSE TO GEPA 417(a)
A.    Goals and Objectives

For Fiscal Year 1984, the Department's principal objective was to award
grants to encourage States to expand educational programs to handicapped
preschool children from birth through age five.th of 125 percent.